After receiving many creative submissions from primary school children, the creativity competition inspired by the University of Malta’s chosen hashtag, #ShineAtUM, has yielded its three winners.
Ms Azara Seidu from St Joseph School Sliema, Ms Carla Filletti, also from St Joseph School Sliema, and Ms Julia Cauchi from St Jeanne Antide School, Gudja, have been awarded first, second and third place respectively.
Ms Seidu’s piece was called ‘My Artist Journey Begins Here’, Ms Filletti’s piece was called ‘Follow your Passion for Music’, whilst Ms Cauchi’s piece was titled #taketheleap. Each of the winning entries are pictured below:
The judges consisted of Mr Gabriel Izzo, a member of the University’s Marketing, Communications and Alumni Office, Prof. Vince Briffa and Prof. Gorg Mallia from the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences. They collectively reached their verdict based on five criteria, namely the clarity of the theme, originality, quality of artistic competition and overall design, material used and how well the tagline complemented the artwork.
On Monday 21 June 2021, the three winners met with the Rector of the University of Malta, Prof. Alfred J. Vella, who, upon congratulating them on their win and presented them with their certificates and book tokens, encouraged children to always express themselves and speak their mind.
Also present at the ceremony were St Joseph School’s art teacher, Ms Lisa Pace, the parents of the children who won, as well as the Director and the Deputy Director of the Marketing, Communications and Alumni Office at the University of Malta (MCAO), Mr Pierre Cassar and Dr Mario Cassar.
Dr Cassar said “the perception of our future students means a lot to us, and hence we had launched this competition to get their valuable insight into what would make their experience a memorable one. We look forward to collaborating with more young people whose creativity shines through”.
The artworks and quotations submitted by the three winners will in the coming days, be utilised in a local campaign to encourage students who intend to pursue their studies and fulfil their ambitions to enroll at the University.